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Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar

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1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
956-761-1314
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4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Romantic
Description: Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over...
Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over 35 years, and has established itself as the island’s premier dining destination. If you haven’t spent an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant, you haven’t truly experienced South Padre.Our menu is comprised of local seafood that is caught directly from the Gulf of Mexico, and it changes often based on what is in season. Every item is made with high-quality ingredients, from unbeatably fresh seafood to juicy steaks and hearty pastas. Start your meal off with our Ahi Tuna or Escargot appetizers, or try something a little spicier like our Stuffed Jalapeños. For your main course, pick from one of our countless seafood items including fresh fish, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, lobster and scallops. Our house specialty is the Red Snapper, which has become a customer favorite as well. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, try one of our delicious grilled steak, chicken or pork dishes. We also have decadent pastas, from chicken or seafood Alfredo to Scott’s Shrimp Scampi served over angel hair pasta. No matter what you are in the mood for, we have a tasty, fresh option for you at Sea Ranch Restaurant.Seafood goes perfectly with wine, so we boast an extensive selection of wines. With over 122 choices ranging from $20 all the way to $500, we have the perfect choice to compliment your meal. If you have an event coming up, consider hosting it at the Sea Ranch. We can accommodate up to 77 people for anything from weddings and receptions to birthdays and meetings.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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The Sea Ranch at South Padre Island has wonderful charbroiled fresh red snapper. It also features great views of the boats and sunset. My only gripe this time was that the waiter was rude and short with us. That is why i only gave it 4 stars.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Edward Z
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Austin, Texas
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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173 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food and drinks were very good. The clam chowder was tasty with lots of clams. Great steaks and seafood.

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Thank Douglas R
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped by for fresh seafood in a great view of the bay, awesome sunset! Had the special of clam chowder and fresh Parmesan crusted flounder with a lobster sauce with pasta and vegetables! Absolutely excellent! 3 of us had the same and 1 had red snapper that was great too! Service was impeccable and spot on! Great place for a... More 

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Thank Anthony W
Springbrook, Wisconsin
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79 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Attended with another couple and none of us had a main dish that was good enough to make us want to return. Salads were good and the cole slaw had a unique dressing that contained sesame oil. Scampi was too greasy, grilled oysters were soggy as if steamed, not grilled as ordered and breading lacked seasoning. Fish and shrimp were... More 

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Thank WilliamS404
Creede, Colorado
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47 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Thiis is a good higher end dining food and service very good only drawback no full bar but good wines

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Thank silverminer1891
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I'm truly delighted to know that you had such a good experience here with us. I cannot thank you enough for sharing your kind words with everyone, and please feel free to come back again any time! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

North Houston, Texas
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the cucumber martini! The special is usually the way to go and it's big enough to split. We eat here fairly often. The Poke is a great appetizer as well as the artichoke dip, but get shrimp added, it makes a big difference. Its a fun atmosphere and you can see the boats come into the marina.

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Thank Sandra J
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I'm so flattered to know that you've been coming here for all this time, Sandra. It's an honor to have earned your recommendation, and I look forward to many more cucumber martinis in the future! Thanks so much for sharing your experience with everyone. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Grayslake, Illinois
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good seafood house, flawless service, good food, nice views from table. There is a lot of competition on the island, seafood is sold at EVERY restaurant.

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Thank Beth G
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I'm so flattered to see how highly you thought of your experience here, Beth. It's especially an honor to have you consider the service you received to be flawless, and I will most certainly let the staff here know what a great impression they left on you. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with everyone -- please feel... More 

Austin, Texas
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49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Sea Ranch at South Padre Island has wonderful charbroiled fresh red snapper. It also features great views of the boats and sunset. My only gripe this time was that the waiter was rude and short with us. That is why i only gave it 4 stars.

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2 Thank Edward Z
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Edward, while it's of course wonderful to know how much you enjoyed the red snapper and the great view we have, I of course want to apologize if you found your server to be anything less than hospitable. We will always strive to give you the complete five-star experience from start to finish, and I will certainly look in your... More 

Ardmore, Oklahoma
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went with a friend for our last seafood dinner before going home. When we were seated, we were informed that our waiter had just been seated with a large table and asked for our patience for him to get to us. We were good with that. When Shaun came, we tried to commiserate with his being busying he acted... More 

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2 Thank kayvj
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I'm very surprised and sorry about the impression that your service left you with -- let me assure you that this is not the normal situation that we hear about. I can tell you that our staff is very passionate about giving everyone a great experience, and this is something I will most certainly look into. Thank you for bringing... More 

San Antonio
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While on a New Year's getaway, my husband and I celebrated his birthday on January 3rd at Sea Ranch and we're so glad we did!! It was cold and dreary outside, but inside it was warm and comfortable with beautiful guitar music in the background and soft lighting. Our waitress was delightful and her timing was on point. We enjoyed... More 

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2 Thank MiriamandJack
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I absolutely loved reading about the great experience that you and your husband had here, Miriam! It's an honor to have been a part of your husband's birthday celebration -- the only thing better than that is knowing that our staff took such great care of you both. I'm glad your meals were such a hit, and I can't thank... More 

San Antonio, Texas
Level Contributor
12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

No better place on the Island for seafood. Upscale but well worth it! Fine service, great special occasion atmosphere complement to fine cooking here.

Helpful?
Thank Bob C
Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

I'm so thrilled to know what a great experience you've had here, Bob. It really means a lot to have you share your kind words with everyone, and I hope we get to see you here again soon! -Bob Friedman, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  South Padre Island
  • Phone Number: 956-761-1314

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Romantic

Description

Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over 35 years, and has established itself as the island’s premier dining destination. If you haven’t spent an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant, you haven’t truly experienced South Padre.Our menu is comprised of local seafood that is caught directly from the Gulf of Mexico, and it changes often based on what is in season. Every item is made with high-quality ingredients, from unbeatably fresh seafood to juicy steaks and hearty pastas. Start your meal off with our Ahi Tuna or Escargot appetizers, or try something a little spicier like our Stuffed Jalapeños. For your main course, pick from one of our countless seafood items including fresh fish, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, lobster and scallops. Our house specialty is the Red Snapper, which has become a customer favorite as well. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, try one of our delicious grilled steak, chicken or pork dishes. We also have decadent pastas, from chicken or seafood Alfredo to Scott’s Shrimp Scampi served over angel hair pasta. No matter what you are in the mood for, we have a tasty, fresh option for you at Sea Ranch Restaurant.Seafood goes perfectly with wine, so we boast an extensive selection of wines. With over 122 choices ranging from $20 all the way to $500, we have the perfect choice to compliment your meal. If you have an event coming up, consider hosting it at the Sea Ranch. We can accommodate up to 77 people for anything from weddings and receptions to birthdays and meetings.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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